Maresciallo Diego Fiorentini
In November 1941 Diego Fiorentini belonged to 75a Squadriglia of 23o Autonomo CT, based at Pantelleria off Sicily. This unit was at this time equipped with Fiat CR.42s.
On 11 December Flight Lieutenant 'Ginger' Neil of 249 Squadron was sent off from Malta to escort a Wellington, which was reported to be under attack whilst on its way to Malta from Gibraltar, carrying aboard his replacement, Flight Lieutenant Sidney Brandt. The bomber had been intercepted by three 23o Gruppo CR.42s scrambled from Pantelleria, the pilots of which reported attacking four Wellingtons. One of these was claimed shot down into the sea by Sergente Luigi Sacchi, while Maresciallo Fiorentini and Sergente Giuseppe Saracino attacked two others. Fiorentini was shot down by one of the rear gunners and he baled out of his stricken fighter but his parachute did not open.
It seems that two of the Wellingtons were lost, R1246 and R1250, both in transit from Gibraltar to the Middle East.
At the time of his death Fiorentini was credited with 1 shared biplane victory, this one being claimed while flying Fiat CR.42s.
|Kill no.||Date||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|11/12/41||½||Wellington (a)||Shared destroyed||Fiat CR.42||off Pantelleria||75a Squadriglia|
Biplane victories: 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 shared destroyed.
(a) Wellingtons R1246 and R1250 lost during transit from Gibraltar to the Middle East.
Malta: The Hurricane Years 1940-41 - Christopher Shores and Brian Cull with Nicola Malizia, 1987 Grub Street, London, ISBN 0-89747-207-1